Child Maltreatment Research, Policy, and Practice for the Next Decade - Workshop Summary


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In 1993, the National Research Council (NRC) released Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect, which highlighted child maltreatment as a devastating social problem in America. The report noted that abuse and neglect were the cause of thousands of child deaths each year, and research in the field of child maltreatment was relatively undeveloped. The services required for children who had been abused or neglected cost millions of dollars annually. To reduce the physical and emotional tolls of child maltreatment, the report called for a wide-ranging research program.

Nearly 20 years later, child maltreatment research has greatly expanded, however, many critical gaps in knowledge remain. On January 30-31, 2012, the IOM and NRC’s Board on Children, Youth, and Families held a workshop to review the accomplishments of the past two decades of research related to child maltreatment, identify remaining gaps, and consider potential research priorities. This document summarizes the workshop.